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UK Retail Briefing - June 2012

UK Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, UK Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific UK retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the UK retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Whole Foods in Piccadilly
      • High Street Kensington
        • Piccadilly
          • Much more promising
            • Sets new standards
            • Headlines for the month

              • Grocers
                • Food specialists
                  • Clothing retailing
                    • Footwear retailing
                      • Multi-sector retailing
                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                          • Department stores
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Electrical goods retailing
                                • Music retailing
                                  • Furniture retailing
                                    • Home shopping
                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                        • Books and stationery retailing
                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                            • Economy
                                            • Retail Sales – Background and Outlook

                                              • Key points
                                                • Retail sales trends
                                                  • Figure 1: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                                • The BRC data for May
                                                  • Figure 2: UK retail sales y/y growth, BRC vs ONS, 2010-12
                                                • John Lewis
                                                  • Figure 3: John Lewis: year-on-year growth, 2011-12
                                                • Inflation and wages
                                                  • Figure 4: RPI vs average weekly earnings growth, 2008-12
                                                • Inflation
                                                  • Figure 5: Annual percentage change in the consumer price index for selected product groups, 2011-12
                                                • Looking forward
                                                • Sector Analysis – Health and Beauty Specialists

                                                      • Figure 6: Mintel Tracker: What extra money is spent on, April 2010-April 2012
                                                      • Figure 7: Mintel Tracker Survey: Consumers agreeing that they spend extra money on beauty products as a percentage of consumers agreeing that they spend extra money on beauty services, April 2011-April 2012
                                                    • Consumer confidence
                                                      • Figure 8: UK: Retail trade confidence and consumer confidence, Jun 2011-May 2012
                                                    • Sector relatives
                                                      • Figure 9: Health and beauty specialists’ retail sales as percentage of total retail sales, 2007-12
                                                      • Figure 10: Health and beauty specialists’ retail sales as percentage of consumer spending on health and beauty products, 2007-11
                                                    • Retail sales
                                                      • Figure 11: Retail sales, current prices, 2007-12
                                                    • Consumer spending
                                                      • Figure 12: UK: Consumer spending on health and beauty, 2007-11
                                                    • Consumer prices inflation
                                                      • Figure 13: Consumer prices indices: annual % change, selected categories, April 2011 -April 2012
                                                    • Leading H&B specialists
                                                      • Figure 14: UK: Leading health and beauty retailers, 2010/11-2011/12
                                                  • News Analysis

                                                    • Grocers
                                                      • Musgrave Group
                                                        • …reports falling profits
                                                          • …seeks click-and-collect partnership
                                                            • Asda
                                                              • …aims to double mobile sales
                                                                • …like-for-likes rose 2.2% in Q1
                                                                  • …George trials new store format
                                                                    • …targets online growth and acquires supply chain GAAT
                                                                      • Co-op to close two distribution centres within the next year
                                                                        • Discounters grow while Tesco and Morrisons lose
                                                                          • Morrisons
                                                                            • …expansion south begins
                                                                              • …has completed in-store bakery revamp
                                                                                • …may target South East with online grocery site
                                                                                  • Sainsbury's launches mobile grocery site
                                                                                    • Tesco
                                                                                      • …launch new online portal for suppliers
                                                                                        • …launches online delivery system
                                                                                          • …plans to bring back Clubcard Exchange promotion
                                                                                            • …revamps ready meal range
                                                                                              • …to expect a fall in Q1 UK sales
                                                                                                • …to launch F&F pop-up shop
                                                                                                  • Whole Foods Market opens a new store in Piccadilly Circus
                                                                                                    • Food specialists
                                                                                                      • Greggs sales fall in wet weather
                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                          • Aquascutum
                                                                                                            • …acquired by YGM Trading for £15 million
                                                                                                              • …design director to leave role
                                                                                                                • Aurora partner with PayPal to launch inStore payment app
                                                                                                                  • Base aims to become ‘first-class kidswear store’
                                                                                                                    • Bonmarché to launch collect-from-store service
                                                                                                                      • Bosideng to open first UK store
                                                                                                                        • Burberry
                                                                                                                          • …consider phased opening of new London flagship
                                                                                                                            • …full-year profits rise
                                                                                                                              • French Connection reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                • H&M to launch pop-up sports shops for summer 2012
                                                                                                                                  • Hobbs reports strong full year results
                                                                                                                                    • Irisa staff in consultation after relocation to Jacques Vert offices is considered
                                                                                                                                      • Jaeger hires Better Capital to focus on the customer experience
                                                                                                                                        • JD looks to buy One True Saxon
                                                                                                                                          • McArthurGlen beats the high street with a 16% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                            • McCartney opens first Adidas by Stella McCartney store
                                                                                                                                              • Mini Velvet hopes to triple standalone store count
                                                                                                                                                • Monsoon Accessorize on lookout for new chief
                                                                                                                                                  • Montique to debut in the UK
                                                                                                                                                    • Moss Bros sees boosted like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                      • New Look close to deal on debt terms
                                                                                                                                                        • Phase Eight enjoys boost in pre-tax profit and turnover
                                                                                                                                                          • Reiss introduces iPads to drive sales
                                                                                                                                                            • SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                              • …considers overseas flagship
                                                                                                                                                                • …sales boosted, but like-for-likes are disappointing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Topshop to launch eco-friendly capsule collection
                                                                                                                                                                    • Victoria's Secret set to debut in the UK with 2 store openings
                                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Clarks reports a fall in pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                          • Kurt Geiger enters exclusive distribution deal with Vince Camuto
                                                                                                                                                                            • LK Bennett secures funding for expansion in US
                                                                                                                                                                              • Tod's first quarter revenues rise
                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Booker to acquire Metro's Makro UK
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …confirms position as the first carbon neutral major retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches Simply M&S food range
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports falling profits and store revamp strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to open its own bank
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches mobile app
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches wholesale website
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mothercare new boss says it will take 3 years to turn business around
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Robert Dyas attracts interest from three parties
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Wilkinson’s chief executive to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Debenhams begins summer discounting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …receives interest in stake share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports growth in profits, but decline in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to introduce 11 upmarket brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch World of Shoes at Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • John Lewis reports strong first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • B&Q investing £69 million on product range improvements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Kingfisher reports fall in Q1 profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Topps Tiles reports fall in pre-tax profits in first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Wickes sees sales slow due to wet weather conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cecil Jacobs falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …extends £300m credit facility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports like-for-like sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Jessops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …receives £10 million investment from Canon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports boost in sales and EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kesa reports falling profits in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Music retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • AEG is favourite to acquire HMV Live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Digital music downloads overtake physical sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …partners Ticketmaster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …receives £32 million for Hammersmith Apollo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpetright appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Bathstore bought for £15 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • CSL Sofas launches augmented reality iPhone app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DFS opens first high-street store on Tottenham Court Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dwell seeks to expand store count by 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Multiyork widens offer with entry-level range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Oak Furniture Land plans to expand store numbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …adjusts prices to attract shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports "strong" full year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Brand Alley launches new Outlet channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ebay Fashion launches colour matching app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Feelunique.com to revamp website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Flying Brands sales fall as it continues to look for buyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kiddicare's focus on loyal customers boosts online sales by 20%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mamas & Papas to expand online presence through Amazon and Tesco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Moonpig founder acquires stake in menswear e-tailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …introduces own label webshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …introduces video-game software to increase efficiency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Occa receives investment from Asos backer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …outsources customer service operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sign a further 10 year warehousing contract with Norbert Dentressangle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Alliance Boots reports rising trading profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Boots to launch new food range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Superdrug considers localising its product offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fragrance Shop reports 24% boost in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clinton Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reveals 44 store to close
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sale finalised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close 350 stores as Birthdays exits high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to have up to 400 stores acquired by American Greetings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Waterstones signs deal to sell Amazon Kindle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Halfords reports declining pre-tax profit in last fiscal year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD looks to buy One True Saxon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • JJB new store format has Nike's support
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Snow + Rock report decline in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pixmania launches jewellery range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signet UK sees moderate sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Entertainer wins sales as sector rivals close down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • April Scottish retail sales affected by wet weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Footfall falls 2% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Government makes changes to pasty tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Retail sales values slow in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …RPI stands at 3.5% in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shop inflation increases to 1.5%, but food inflation stabilises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Warm weather boosts like-for-like sales in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Westfield London sales up 2.2% in Q1

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